Anyone ever seen the Cage/Travolta movie Face Off?
Remind you of it?
World Readies For First-Ever Face Transplant
Doctor Talking With Possible Patients About Idea
POSTED: 4:17 pm EDT September 17, 2005
UPDATED: 4:20 pm EDT September 17, 2005
CLEVELAND -- Medical science is just about ready for the world's first face transplant.
A Cleveland clinic doctor is going to talk with 12 possible patients over the next few weeks about the radical idea.
Dr. Maria Siemionow's goal is to give people horribly disfigured by burns, accidents or other tragedies a chance at a new life.
Today's best treatments still leave many of them with freakish, scar-tissue masks that don't look or move like natural skin.
Those people have lost the sense of identity that is linked to the face, Siemionow said, adding that the transplant is merely slipping their identity inside a skin envelope.
Her supporters say she is is well prepared. Her critics say the operation's way too risky for an issue that's not life-or-death.
The new face would come from a cadaver.